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Germain-Robin Anno Domini 2005 Alambic Brandy

Top 10 Spirits 2012

Germain-Robin Anno Domini 2005 Alambic Brandy, an all-American brandy made in California, is in a class of spirits that are irresistible


Some spirits are crafted well, some boast a remarkable smell, and still others are standard-bearers for their category. The Germain-Robin Anno Domini 2005 Alambic Brandy is in an altogether different class of spirits that are simply irresistible. This limited release (only 200 bottles were made; we tasted number 101) shows off the best of Mendocino, California's grapes distilled by the hand of a master, before resting in French Limousin oak until mature. The 2000 edition was renowned, the 2001-2004 editions were all award-winners, but the 2005 version is the pinnacle of both the concept and the distiller. Magic!

Price: $350

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